• Welcome Visitors

California’s state parks welcome visitors to enjoy the diverse natural and cultural places to hike along towering redwoods, sunbath at beaches, walk along rivers and flowering meadows, stargaze on top of a mountain, tell a ghost story at a camp fire – providing endless opportunities to learn, play and explore.

2016 Grant Awardees

Mountain Parks Foundation
for Big Basin Redwoods State Park

Mountain Parks Foundation is undertaking the renovation of Big Basin Nature Lodge Museum at Big Basin Redwoods State Park to engage and inspire a new generation of park visitors. The project will replace and update outdated interpretive exhibits and make needed improvements to the historic building.

"Our new Nature Lodge Museum will offer an immersive experience to enlighten visitors on their role in protecting Big Basin’s unique ecosystem and the park’s inhabitants. Visitors will leave with a better understanding of how their actions directly impact the ability of a species to survive and thrive. Our goal is to inspire a new generation of visitors to become caring stewards of this special place."
- State Park District Interpreter III, Elizabeth Hammack

Photo: Big Basin Redwoods State Park ©Danny Halvorson

Los Padres Forest Association
for Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Andrew Molera State Park, Point Sur State Historical Park, Limekiln State Park, Garrapata State Park, Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, and Hearst San Simeon State Park

Visual aids, written information and maps are critical to meeting the needs of diverse park visitors. To provide signage in languages understood by all visitors, Los Padres Forest Association is installing digital signage and equipment at the Big Sur Station to provide critical and essential information to visitors and partners using engaging multimedia modes of presentation.

"The Los Padres Forest Association is extremely thankful for CSPF and their generous investment in partnering with our association in meeting the growing demands of an increasingly diverse visitor population to the Big Sur area. We look forward to utilizing the digital signage and other technological improvements to further promote the mission of the State Parks & U.S. Forest Service, visitor safety, environmental ethics and stewardship, and respect for the natural beauty, cultural history and unique ecology of the Big Sur area."
- Tim Bills, Coordinator, Big Sur Station Los Padres Forest Association

Photo: Julia Pfeifer Burns State Park ©Thomas Haraikawa

Friends of Purdon Crossing Project, The Hub for Direct Community Action
for South Yuba River State Park

Friends of Purdon Crossing Project, The Hub for Direct Community Action at the Purdon Crossing trailhead along the South Yuba River State Park through volunteer efforts, reduce the impact of human and canine waste in the water and surrounding forest, remove trash and garbage and improve community awareness and education of the need for sanitary habits in the river watershed.

"Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth." - Abraham Lincoln

"President Lincoln would have been pleased to know funding from this CSPF grant made a huge impact by supporting our community driven environmental effort dedicated to keeping the great Yuba River watershed clean and healthy. The Hub for Direct Community Action's Friends of Purdon project and it's collaboration with the California State Parks, the Bureau of Land Management, private land owners, and sister non-profit South Yuba River Citizen's League (SYRCL) stands as a shining example of how important issues which face our great outdoors can solved when we all work together."
- Friends of Purdon project manager, Markus Keicher

Photo: South Yuba River State Park ©Markus Keicher

Napa Valley State Parks Association
for Robert Louis Stevenson State Park

Napa Valley State Parks Association is repairing and restoring the popular Palisades Trail, one of the most popular trails that is severely deteriorated in some sections at Robert Louis Stevenson State Park. The new trail improvements and installation of directional signage will lead to overall visitor safety and enhance the visitor’s hiking experience.

"Napa Valley State Parks Association is the Friends Group organized over 30 years ago to help support our local state parks. While NVSPA has held many fundraisers and tackled many work projects, we could not have accomplished all that we do without the moral support and financial assistance we have received from CSPF and their generous donors.

Although hiking along the Palisades Trail at Robert Louis Stevenson offers glorious views of Napa Valley, it has been difficult for many park visitors to hike to the top and enjoy the vistas due to long-standing deterioration of the trails. Having received a generous grant from CSPF, our "small but mighty" crew will now be heading up the trail with proper equipment and some expert trail workers to restore the trail!"
- Jeanne Marioni, Events, Programs, Grants, Marketing & Community Relationships, Napa County Regional Park and Open Space District, Napa Valley State Parks Association

Photo: Robert Louis Stevenson State Park ©Ken Stanton

South Yuba River Citizens League
for South Yuba River State Park

The South Yuba River Citizens League’s River Ambassador Program recruits and trains volunteer citizen stewards who greet visitors at the heavily-utilized South Yuba River State Park. Volunteers encourage environmentally responsible recreation, remove trash, glass and dog waste, and strives to create a culture of stewardship and responsible visitation at the park.

"Thanks to CSPF’s generous support, our volunteer River Ambassadors are engaging thousands of visitors to the South Yuba River State Park all summer long. These positive face-to-face interactions are changing hearts and minds about keeping this beautiful riverine park clean and safe."
- Caleb Dardick, Executive Director of the South Yuba River Citizens League

Photo: South Yuba River State Park ©South Yuba River Citizens League

for Malibu Creek State Park and Topanga State Park

To improve our parks for future generations to enjoy and engage volunteers in their effort, TreePeople guides hundreds of volunteers to remove invasive species and strategically plant native trees and plants at Malibu Creek State Park and Topanga State Park.

"Twelve months a year, TreePeople brings concerned volunteers out to California State Parks to restore biological function to the land. Not only do we bring people, but we bring tools, trucks, safety gear to get the job done. Together we expand riparian canopy, replenish oak groves, grasslands, chaparral, and coastal sage scrub for generations to come."
- Cody Chappel, TreePeople Wildlands Restoration Manager

Photo: Malibu Creek State Park ©James Kellogg

Portola and Castle Rock Foundation
for Portola Redwoods State Park

Campfire programs are part of the camping experience at Portola Redwoods State Park. Campers sing traditional campfire songs, participate in fun games and hear educational presentations about the park. These opportunities deepen the understanding of the natural and cultural wonders of parks, leaving visitors having a sense of stewardship. Portola and Castle Rock Foundation will make needed repairs to the Campfire Center and provided education materials to summer participants.

"The campfire center at Portola Redwoods plays a vital role in the summer camping season and truly enhances our campers' experience at the Park. The receipt of the grant not only ensures another a summer of campfire programs but supports our long term plans of major improvements."
- James Rauen, President of the Portola and Castle Rock Foundation

Photo: Portola Redwoods State Park ©Mike Ryan

Santa Barbara County Trails Council
for El Capitán State Beach

Having access to park information when travelling to a park are essential. Santa Barbara County Trails Council is installing an entrance sign, kiosk, trail markers, and maps for a significantly underutilized area of El Capitán State Beach.

The park signage will help eliminate confusion about the location of the entrance to a section of the park and provide basic information upon arrival, furthering the visitor’s opportunity and experiences at the park.

"We are very excited to receive a grant from CSPF. The funds will be used to add a system of way finding signs and graphics to a relatively unknown and significantly underutilized wild and scenic section of El Capitan State Park."
- Mark Wilkinson, Executive Director with the Santa Barbara County Trails Council

Photo: El Capitán State Beach ©Ray Ford

2015 Grant Awardees

Central Coast State Parks Association
Interpretive trailer Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant deck and ramp
State Park(s): Morro Strand State Beach and Morro Bay State Park

Cuyamaca Rancho State Park Interpretive Association
Park improvements and fence restoration
State Park(s): Cuyamaca Rancho State Park

Foundation for the Preservation of the Santa Susana Mountains
Park brochures
State Park(s): Santa Susana Pass State Historic Park

Humboldt Redwoods Interpretive Association
Needle Rock Visitor Center restroom upgrades
State Park(s): Sinkyone Wilderness State Park

Los Encinos Docent Association
Park brochures
State Park(s): Los Encinos State Historic Park

Napa County Regional Park and Open Space District
Park equipment
State Park(s): Bothe-Napa Valley State Park, Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park

Pine Ridge Association
Rehabilitation of an old ranch barn
State Park(s): Henry W. Coe State Park

University Corporation at Monterey Bay on behalf of Return of the Natives Restoration Education Project
Restoration of dune habitat and propagation and planting of native plants with underprivileged students
State Park(s): Fort Ord Dunes State Park

California State Parks Foundation

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